The Animals of Rhode Island Hall: The Collected Stories of Prof. J.W.P. Jenks

By JESSICA PALINSKI

On April 4, 2014, the Jenks Society for Lost Museums was honored to speak at the opening reception of Animal Magnetism: The Pushmi-Pullyu of Consocial Life conference. Because the conference took place in Rhode Island Hall, the very building in which the Jenks Museum was once located, we spoke about John Whipple Potter Jenks’ passion for both hunting animals and conserving them, studying them in the field and displaying their taxidermic remains in his museum.

Jenks as Teacher: Dallas Lore Sharp and the Cuckoo

Jenks as Teacher: Dallas Lore Sharp and the Cuckoo

Jenks as Natural Theologian: Bumpus, Piety, and the Hippo

Jenks as Natural Theologian: Bumpus, Piety, and the Hippo

Jenks as Museum Curator: Queen Victoria's Pony

Jenks as Museum Curator: Queen Victoria’s Pony

Jenks as Field Naturalist: Turtle Eggs for Agassiz

Jenks as Field Naturalist: Turtle Eggs for Agassiz

In the following weeks, we will share four distinct stories we presented at this conference, each discussing how Jenks exemplified the ways man interacted with beast in the late nineteenth century as natural history was giving way to the emerging field of biology. To read about the many facets of J.W.P. Jenks, click the images above. Stories will be released on a weekly basis.

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